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Computing ripple effect for software maintenance

Black, Sue E. (2001) Computing ripple effect for software maintenance. Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution, 13 (4). pp. 263-279. ISSN 1532-060X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/smr.233


Recent software maintenance models have included impact analysis and accounting for ripple effect as one of their stages. This paper describes and explains the reformulation of Yau and Collofello's ripple-effect algorithm and its validity within the software-maintenance process. Completely automatic computation of ripple effect has until now proved troublesome; we show how our approximation algorithm helps to overcome this. Our Ripple Effect and Stability Tool (REST) which uses our approximated algorithm to compute ripple effect for C programs, is described. Eleven C programs are used in an initial investigation into whether our approximated algorithm can replace Yau and Collofello's original algorithm for the purpose of automatic computation of ripple effect. The Pearson correlation coefficient for the two versions of the algorithm across the eleven programs shows a high correlation.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Electronics and Computer Science, School of
ID Code:3578
Deposited On:27 Feb 2007
Last Modified:19 Oct 2009 12:19

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